Experts to offer training in Europe for the first time

The next generation of programming minds are set to gather for the first bootcamp of its kind held in Europe.

Working in collaboration with the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute, Bacelona’s Harbour.Space University will welcome 150 students from top universities to train for one week in preparation for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC).

The programming bootcamp

The Hello Barcelona ACM-ICPC Bootcamp will bring to Europe the coaches of the famed “Moscow Workshops” who trained 8 of the 13 world finalists in the 2016 ACM-ICPC contest. This will be the first time that one of the world’s strongest programming pedagogies will be on offer in a European bootcamp.

Working in collaboration with Kaspersky Lab and Codeforces, the Hello Barcelona bootcamp will gather students from universities such as Cornell University, École Normale Supérieure, and University of Tokyo.

The Olympics of programming

Supported by IBM, the ACM-ICPC is the “Olympics of programming,” the premiere global computer programming competition conducted by and for the world’s top universities.

In 2016, 40,266 contestants from 2,736 universities in 102 countries competed at over 481 sites to advance to the World Finals. The 2017 finals will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota, in the United States.

The ACM-ICPC competitors, who will gather in Barcelona to train, represent the bright minds who will shape the digital future.

“Hello Barcelona Bootcamp participants are not just talented students that win competitive programming competitions. They are some of the hardest working and most brilliant minds of the ongoing digital revolution. We cannot really anticipate the full impact they will have,” said Mike Mirzayanov, Founder of Codeforces.

Contributions to the software industry

Former ACM-ICPC finalists have made remarkable contributions to the software industry. They include Adam D’Angelo, the former CTO of Facebook and founder of Quora, Nikolai Durov, the former CTO of VK and Telegram, Matei Zaharia, creator of Apache Spark, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and a venture capitalist, Craig Silverstein, the first employee of Google.

“We are very excited to be launching the Hello Barcelona ACM-ICPC Bootcamp. Our mission is to make a meaningful contribution to the global ACM-ICPC community and to give teams access to one of the world’s best programming training regimens,” said Svetlana Velikanova, Harbour.Space University Founder and CEO.

Find out more and learn how you can participate

Hello Barcelona ACM-ICPC Bootcamp is open to all university students and their coaches from around the world. More information, including on how to register, attending the workshop and on how to participate in other ways, is available at:


Edited from press release by Jordan Platt.